Why Organic India Honey Is Special

I traveled to India sometime back and I learned many things. One of the most fascinating things that I learned in Chennai is that organic honey has been used in the ayurvedic medicine system for thousands of years. Filled with wonder, I went on to find out what was so special about organic India honey. I found out many things.

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Organic honey is continuously gaining popularity in the market today probably because of its superior health benefits. Most people however ask themselves if there is any difference between the regular honey and organic honey.  Certainly, there are a number of differences between organic honey ranging from how the bees are kept, the nectar they are fed on the processing and pricing and so on.

Have you previously been confused when buying honey from the stores since the honey labeled as organic is expensive that its regular counterparts and you end up wondering what is so special about the so-called organic honey.

Here are some of the reasons why the organic honey is regarded as special:

Chemical free honey

Organic honey has to be tested and proven to not contain any chemicals such as pesticides, antibiotics or any other environmental pollutant. The honey is usually subject to rigorous tests by the certification bodies to ensure that it meets this criterion.  The bees that make organic honey are supposed to only feed on organic windflowers that are not sprayed with pesticides, herbicides or fed with on any chemical fertilizer.

The farming process of India honey

The farming of organic honey is different from the farming of the regular honey. This is because the certification bodies ensure that it meets the standards required by extensively monitoring the farming process.

The flowers, from which the bees get nectar from, must be grown in an organic farm where they are treated neither with pesticides nor with herbicides. In addition, no chemical fertilizers should be added in the soil.

Since bees travel for kilometers to look for nectar, the organic beehives must be placed near clean water and they should be within a radius of five kilometers in an organic farm. The bee hives, honey samples and the farming practices must be tested and analyzed regularly to ensure that there is no contamination whatsoever by any chemicals.

Certification of India honey

In addition to the organic honey being different from the regular honey in terms of even packaging, it is also certified. It is therefore very important to look out for the organic certification label in case you are looking for the organic honey.

For honey to be certified as organic, the certification body must be satisfied that it meets the organic farming standards, the extraction, processing and packaging standards laid out by the body.

The mode of harvesting honey

Organic honey must be obtained by any of these methods; straining, extraction or settling. This is to ensure that the honey remains as it existed in the beehives. In addition, it should not be heated beyond pasteurization, which is about 95 degrees. Some people harvest it at night using flashlights, some during the day. It does not matter.

The taste of honey

The consumers who have tasted the organic honey say that it has a superior taste when compared to the regular honey. This is probably because it is more natural and healthier than the regular honey.

Contains Propolis – benefits of honey

Organic honey contains propolis, which is the substance that is used by bees to protect their beehives from bacteria and viruses infections. This substance contains essential antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties.

Large amounts of antioxidants

Organic honey contains antioxidants known phenolic compounds. These antioxidants are very essential in protecting our bodies from cell damage because of free radicals. The free radicals make our bodies age faster, they also can cause chronic diseases, and the phenolic compounds in organic honey protect against such.

There … I really enjoyed that lesson and since I could not take some back home with me, I filled my portable coffee mug with warm water, lemon and honey to drink on my trips to some of the local temples. It soothed my throat and felt really good. It is little wonder that India honey is one of the best in the world market.

 

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First Time to Travel To Delhi? Things To Know

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Is this your first time to travel to Delhi? This is India’s capital, is a huge metropolitan area located in the country’s north. The city is truly massive and can confuse anyone who is not familiar with it. It is divided into six major zones – North, South, East, West, Central and Old Delhi. It has a very interesting history; it was destroyed and rebuilt many times, which is evident in many landmarks all over the city.

Today, Delhi is categorised as an eternal city, that is, a timeless city that has been there for a long time. Other eternal cities in the world include Jerusalem.

In case you want visit Delhi for the first time, it is advisable that you do it during the months of February, March, October or November. This is because Delhi has extreme summers and foggy winters which can be unbearable. Avoid travelling there in the two seasons.

Delhi rains are quite unpredictable, but it usually rains during the months of July and August.  Although Delhi does look beautiful when it rains, the city’s slow traffic comes to a halt. It is exclusively in the months of February, March, October or November it will not be uncomfortably hot or cold when you go out to explore the city’s heritage sites. As you get ready for traveling, find out all you can about this city.

Apart from knowing the most convenient time to visit Delhi, here are a number of other things you need to know if it is your first time to travel to there.

Sites to Visit

There are over 120 sites to visit in Delhi, below are just a few of them:

Red Fort

This is the most famous monument in Delhi. It is located in the Old Delhi opposite Chandni Chowk. This fort serves as a reminder of the powerful emperors named Mughal who used to rule India. Its walls, built in 1638 to keep off intruders stretch for over 2 kilometres.

Qutab Minar

Located in Mehrauli in South Delhi, Qutab Minar is the tallest brick carillon in the entire world. It is a perfect example of the ancient Indian Islamic architecture. It was put up in 1206! A number of  people hold on to the belief that it was built as a sign of victory and as a mark of the start of Muslim rule in India, while others speculate that it was used to lure the believers to pray. This tower has five different stories. Its walls have beautiful carvings and holy Quran verses. On the site, there are also other historic monuments.

 Jama Masjid

Jama Masjid is the largest mosque in India located opposite Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi near the Red Fort. It can hold up to 25,000 devotees. The mosque took 13 years to build, and was completed in 1650. A tough climb to the top of its southern tower will give you a stunning view across the rooftops of Delhi. Dress appropriately, when visiting the mosque, which means covering your head, legs and shoulders otherwise you will not be allowed in. Attire is available on site.

Bahai Temple

Bahai Temple is also known as the Lotus Temple because it resembles a lotus flower. It stands near Nehru Place in South Delhi. It glows at night when it is beautifully lit up. The temple was made of white marble and it is owned by the people of Bahai Faith, who declare the unity of people from all religions. Anyone is allowed to worship in this temple. There are beautiful gardens and ponds surrounding the temple that are awesome places for picnics.

Lodhi Gardens

Located on Lodhi Road, not far from Humayun’s Tomb, these vast Gardens were built by the British in 1936 around the tombs of 15th and 16th century rulers. They provide a serene retreat from city life. This is the place to come and relax if you are feeling tired and worn out.

Delhi Cuisine

Delhi cuisine is very diverse. You will find that there are both sweets and spicy foods. Do not go for spicy food at first if you are not used to them. Take it slow and work your way to very spicy food.

Below are some of the famous dishes in Delhi.

Paranthas

Paranthas are usually taken for breakfast. You can buy it on the streets or you can eat it for dinner or breakfast if you like. Paranthas come in all forms ranging from plain to stuffed, vegetarian or non-vegetarian.

Chaat

This is a spicy but sweet dish. This delicious dish is sold in the streets, and even big restaurants. If you want to taste real chaat, visit the famous Chandni Chowk area that is famous for street food.

Butter chicken

This dish was originated by Moti Mahal Restaurant in 1950s. It is very spicy and one of the most eaten chicken dishes in Delhi. It is easily available in fancy restaurants. Naan or plain rice is taken with the dish as an accompaniment.

Nihari

Nihari is slow cooked meat with Indian spices. This dish was a reserve of royal families back in the days. However, today you can find this amazing dish on the street of Delhi.

Chole Bhature

This dish is spicy, exotic, and very heavy. You can take this dish for breakfast, lunch or dinner and it served with Lassi. You can easily find this incredible dish in any stall around Delhi.

Dress Code

When you travel to Delhi, it is better to stick to a decent dress code. Do not go to the extreme of wearing traditional dresses. Delhi is a conservative place and decent clothing would be good.

Drinking water

There are a numerous stores in Delhi selling bottled mineral water. It is however advisable to carry a bottle or two with you. Also, carry wet wipes and hand sanitizer. Delhi is known for so many things but unfortunately, sanitation is not one of them.

Bargaining

When Delhi people see a foreigner, they can increase the price of commodities by up to ten times. Therefore, bargain all you can. Skilful bargaining is essential while shopping in Delhi. If you are poor in bargaining, it is better to avoid markets and street shops but you can still walk through those markets and see how people bargain.

Language

Hindu is the most commonly spoken language in Delhi but most of the locals can also speak good English. Even if most of them do not speak English, they usually understand basic English words like please, yes, no, sorry, excuse me, thank you and bye.

Festivals

Holi and Diwali are the most popular Indian festivals that can last for a month and it is surely fun to be in Delhi around this time. Holi is a festival of colors held on February or March and can be a lot of fun. Diwali is a festival of lights, fireworks and Puja and it is one of the biggest festivals of India held in October or November.

Six Tips For An Effective School Tour

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Planning a school tour can be hard or easy depending on the approach that you adopt. As a teacher, it is important that you give your students a tour that they will remember for the rest of their life. But this is easier said than done. You need to make your plans months in advance. You also need to do enough research so that you pick the best tour. Mostly, educational tours become successful because tour companies chip in and help grease the wheels. Thus, it would be something of a tomfoolery to think you can plan and execute a successful school tour alone.

Here is some advice:

What do you want to get out of the tour?  

It is an educational tour meaning that students have to learn and have fun at the same time. Once you know what you want to get out of the tour, choosing a destination becomes so easy. For example, if you are taking a zoology class on tour, then it would not make sense to take them to historical site.

Book many months in advance

School tours never come as a surprise. They are planned, perhaps even two years before they happen. Booking for stuff like train tickets, air tickets, accommodation and many more in advance allows the tour agency to find you the best deals possible. When you have students looking up to you, that is not the time to go looking for last minute deals.

Read up on the tour destination

Before you can approach the school administration and the students’ parents, you want to be sure that you understand everything about the tour destination. How will this tour boost the curriculum of the school? Can you show without reasonable doubt that the tour will boost the curriculum for the school, the students and the teacher involved? If yes, you should have no problem convincing the school administrator to approve the tour.

Prepare the students to learn as much as they can from the tour

One way to do this is to have them make a list of questions that they can ask the tour guide. Of course, you can only be able to generate these questions after studying the place you will be visiting.

Include a lot of fun in the itinerary

Students do not want to be bundled on a tour that is all so educational without any fun. Thus, create an itinerary in advance and include many fun activities. Fun and learning is an unforgettable combination, something that your students should really love. You can call your tour company to help you create an itinerary. Where will you be, what will you be doing at what time? An itinerary ensures you learn and have fun at the appropriate times.

Sell the educational tours to the students

Do the students need to pay any money? Their parents should be notified in advance. In addition, sell the educational tour to the students, let them start “feeling” it, loving and anticipating it. Start by posting posters on the school board, listing the wonders to see at the destination and inviting suggestions and indications of interest.

Best Travel Hacks – Save Money When Traveling With Family

Save money when traveling with family with these simple hacks.

There is no doubt that everyone enjoys traveling and going on vacation. Like many people out there, you might be looking for ways to save money as you go on vacation with your family and still enjoy the travel. Well, yes, you can. All you need to do is to identify effective ways you to save some dollars on your everyday expenses. Here are some of the incredible travel hacks to save money as you travel with your loved ones.

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  1. Time your travel for the off-season

You don’t have to go on vacation during summer time when everyone is on the run to catch a flight, to book a hotel and so on. After all, it’s usually too hot during this period. Furthermore, airlines and hotels usually take advantage and hike their prices during such seasons. To save money, travel during off seasons and you won’t believe how the prices will have dropped.

  1. Its cheaper to travel on some days

Checking out free or cheap travel days is another hack to save you considerable amount of money when travelling with your family. Travel when there are free or cheap transport deals. For instance, Sydney has a special day – Family Fun Day – when they charge $2.50 only per person from morning to evening for families to travel on public transport. This is an a amazing offer because on normal days, you will have to pay $16 per person to ride the same public transport.

  1. Free guided tours

Instead of using overpriced tour packages, you can use free guided tours to cut cost and save money on your travel expense. Search the location you are traveling to and find out whether they offer free guided tours.

The good news is that many cities now promote tourism through offering free walking tours. Again, you can download apps that will notify you when you are approaching an attraction.

  1. Hidden airports

When doing flight searches, you might not find some flights even if they have the option you are looking for. This is because these flights do not have the same code-share agreement with other flights.

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You will be surprised at the better rates and connections these flights sometimes offer. To track these hidden airports, search connections between two airlines or from any nearby airport.

  1. Complain a bit, but be good about it

Complaining is another hack to save money on flights. This is not saying that you should look for things to complain about. Whenever something has gone wrong especially on a flight, politely express your complaint and disappointment through to the airline. You will definitely receive credit if you explain the situation.

  1. Travel cards help, some times

On your arrival to a destination, check whether the city issues travel cards. Compared to using a direct ticket every time you want to use public transport, travel cards are not only cheaper, but are also allows you to use various public transport networks. Go for it if you are planning to make several trips with your family.

  1. Pack light, light, lig….

When it comes to traveling with or without a family, you should remember that airline charges can really eat into your pocket. Before you book that flight, check their baggage charges. While most airlines charge will charge you for every bag checked, some will allow you to check a bag without paying for it. If the latter is the case, then you can pack just a carry-on.

  1. Book flight and hotels separately

When you buy a complete travel package, you will probably be paying for nothing more than convenience. When you are doing the booking, the best way to save money is by considering all available options. In that way, you will definitely find good deals. Forget the complete package thing. Its expensive.

  1. Let your children use their student IDs

Some cities offer free transportation or discounted prices to access some attraction sites for students. So, if your children have student IDs, they should have them when you are traveling.

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  1. Use tourism cards

Tourism cards will probably give you and your family access to either free transportation or discounted prices to some cities’ best sites.

  1. Hire cars from small companies

Small car rental companies are your best bet if you want to save some dollars. Because they don’t have a large customer base, they tend to deliver the best services and the best prices to attract and maintain clients.

  1. Use a local SIM card

Instead of making calls and accessing internet using your usual SIM card, buy a local one so that you can be able to enjoy the friendly call rates just like the locals. Roaming services can be very expensive.

  1. Free Wi-Fi? Use it without hesitation

How often do you get freebies? Provided you’re protecting your family and yourself from cyber crimes, you can use free Wi-Fi, which is available on almost all hotels and at attraction sites. It might be a bit sluggish, but it is Wi-Fi all the same.

  1. Things are cheaper in the suburbs

If you are looking forward to save on everything from food to accommodation and transportation, then you should try the suburbs. Things are cheaper there, food, accommodation, car rentals and entertainment than in the central business district.

  1. Ride, lose weight and see much more

To save money and still get around in an enjoyable way, use bikes to travel around. Your children who can ride will definitely fall in love with this option of exploration. It makes for great bonding time, makes everyone fit and allows one to see much more than they would see from a car.

 

Liquid Fuel vs. Solid Fuel Camping Stove

Liquid fuel camping stoves are a good preference for campers. However, even the solid fuel stoves are great, perhaps better. Newbie backpacking enthusiasts always find themselves unable to tell which the best stove for their needs is. There are many models of each camping stove and they all have their advantages and disadvantages.

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Let us look at each of them separately so that you can make a good comparison:

Liquid fuel camping stoves

Most liquid fuel stoves run on white gas that is refined and is thus low on impurities. It burns hot and clean, performs well in cold weather and is cheaper than the canister fuel or alcohol. They can connect either to a fuel bottle or can have an integrated fuel reservoir.

Most people prefer the integrated fuel reservoir, despite it being heavy, because it is good for a short trip and you can keep the fuel source away from the cooking.

The main advantages

Fuel availability – Fuel is easy to find in any city. You can buy it in the outdoor stores, Walmart or other places.

Efficiency – It is highly efficient since it produces a tremendous amount of heat hence making its cooking speed very fast.

Heat control – It has an adjustable throttle that allows you to adjust to the heat you need.

Cold weather – They perform very well in extremely low temperatures.

The level of fuel – You can easily tell the amount of fuel left by looking at the fuel bottle.

Disadvantages

Priming – It requires priming where you ignite a few drops of the fuel to create a flame that preheats the fuel line in order to convert the liquid fuel into vapor. You are also expected to manually pump the fuel bottle to increase pressure.

Maintenance – It requires to be cleaned often and some parts to be replaced after some time to keep it working efficiently for a long time.

Explosive – The fuel used is explosive hence one should be careful not to cause any fuel spill.

Heavy– The camping stove tends to be very heavy.

Solid fuel camping fuel

A potholder has a space for the kettle above the fuel tablet. To get it working, you just put the tablet on the potholder and light it. The stove is only useful for simple cooking.

Advantages

Weight – It is very light since it is just a piece of tin.

Cost – It is very cheap since you just buying the fuel

Size – It has a compact size; it can even be stored in your pocket.

Tablets – they are easy to light, extinguish, and they can be re-used. There is also no risk of spillage.

Disadvantages

Cooking speed – They take too long to boil water.

Smell – Tablets do not have pleasant smell

Dirt – The tablets form a residue on the pots.

Availability – You have to buy them online since they are not locally stocked.

Cold weather – It does not perform well in cold weather.

If you are looking for a stove that is cheap and easy to carry and light, you can choose the solid fuel stove but be ready to look for fuel all over, wait for a long time before the food cooks and endure the odor from the tablets.

If you are looking to buy a stove that is fast, hot and clean, you could choose the liquid fuel stove but be ready to carry a heavy load, spend a lot of money and take too long before lighting. You should also be very careful when handling the liquid fuel stove since the fuel is explosive.

In conclusion, both stoves are good for backpacking. You should choose which camping stove to use depending on where you are going and how you want your stove to work.

Budget Travel – Ridiculously Simple Ways to See the World and Save Money

Seeing the world can be ridiculously expensive, but not when you know a few important things about budget travel. So you want to fly from Boston to Africa for a nature and wildlife experience, just as you saw in the movies Blended and the comedy The Gods Must Be Crazy? Yes you can, and you do not have to break the bank to do that. Here are ridiculously simple ways to travel on a low budget and have an exemplary experience at the same time. And no, low budget does not mean cheap travel experience. You will enjoy a high quality experience and save money. Remember, there is life after traveling.

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Adapt to local foods and drinks

Food is a serious money guzzler since you get hungry all the time. Therefore, when you get to a foreign country, try hard to adapt to the local grub to save money. If you buy anything touristy, you will pay through your nose for the food. Remember, business people assume you have money and therefore anything targeted at the tourist is sold at ridiculously extravagant prices. One of the best ways to experience a new culture is through eating their food, listening to their music and interacting with the locals. Local food is cheap, a good way to save money on your travels and experience new tastes.

Do not book a hotel, use Airbnb

It is cheaper that way. You can join the travelers’ forums online and see what they say about this. Whatever alternative you will find for a hotel, it will cost you a fraction of what the hotel could have cost you. At the same time, Airbnb is now operating in almost all countries of the world, so it does not matter where you are headed because it is most likely operating there. Some boutique hotels have also decided to offer their accommodation services through this service. From their website, you can host on Airbnb any property anywhere in the world. This is a money saver for any thrifty traveler.

Do not check in your luggage

Yes, that is right, you can measure your bags at home before you leave and make sure they are below the weight allowed by the airline. If you can travel as light as possible, that would be better for various reasons. One, it means you will not check in your luggage at the airport, thus, you will save money. Two, it means you will not have a lot to carry when you get to your destination, thus you can walk some distances instead of hailing a cab. Three, it means there is no chance for excess weight which airlines charge dearly.

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Most of the stuff that you carry at home can be found in the destination country anyway, and if you are traveling to the developing country, they are most likely going to be cheaper. This is the 21st century, you know, not Stone Age.

Do not eat at the hotel’s restaurant

You will probably pay more money for food if you eat at the in-house restaurant than you would pay for the same food a few blocks away. Even back at home, do not eat in hotel or resort restaurants because they charge too much. Tell you what, you could save even more than $5 for a meal when you eat in a standalone restaurant.

Another reason why you should not eat at an in-house restaurant is that the food is likely to be bland. Because you are traveling on a budget, you are surely not staying at a hotel that employs a celebrity chef, are you? Try something different a few blocks away, surprise your taste buds, will you?

Only carry what is absolutely necessary

Make a minimalist travel checklist. Just a change of clothes, your medication, a few items of personal hygiene, your cell phone, laptop/tablet and a portable water filter. The rest of the stuff you can buy when you get to your destination. Believe it or not, you will not use all of them and anyway, you are just traveling, not moving house. Do not make that travel backpack or suitcase too bulky. You will regret it.

Carry your own food when taking a road trip

If you have to buy everything on the way, you will spend quite a lot. If you are taking a road trip locally, make your own snacks at home and pack them, enough to last you the time you will be away. If you are traveling to another country, pack your own snacks in the morning and carry them with you. You can order them from a local restaurant where you will be taking breakfast.

Eat a nice, heavy breakfast

If you eat a good breakfast in the morning, you will not feel the hunger pangs as much during the day. In any case, you will have packed your own snacks as you can see above. This is also the time for you to pack healthy stuff like locally grown apples, oranges and bananas. Just make sure you wash them thoroughly before eating.

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Self-drive your rental car

Do you have an international license? Are you allowed to drive in the country you are visiting with your license? If yes, do not hire a chauffeured car as you will also be paying the driver. You can hire a self-drive car, buy a map at the car rental and drive yourself around. It is much easier and enjoyable to see the country that way than using public transport. But public transport too is a money saver, isn’t it?

Use the cheapest type of public transport

Avoid cabs. You will pay through the nose. In some countries, using buses is cheaper, and in some, using trains is cheaper. Do your own research and find out what travel means will save more money. However, if you are traveling in some countries in Africa and Asia, do find out whether it is safe for a foreigner to use public transport.

Do not break the law

Drunken and disorderly, traffic offenses and so on… you cannot believe how much money tourists lose every year by breaking the laws of the countries they travel to. Police bonds and cash bails… they are really not worth it. Take life easy, do not stay outside your accommodation too late into the night. Read about the traffic laws of that country. Always remember you are not at home.

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Walk if it is safe

You can have a lot of fun by walking and interacting with the locals on your budget travel experience especially in Europe. Transport is one of the things that eat into a budget traveler’s budget and therefore if you can walk instead of taking a cab, do it. Save that money.